We’ve written a lot about dog-friendly baseball – days (or nights) set aside by Major League and, more often, Minor League teams for fans to bring their dogs to the ballpark.
But dog-friendly hockey matches?
At least three teams have them, including the Charlotte Checkers, an American Hockey League franchise that will be holding its fifth annual Pooch Party this Sunday (March 23) at 1:30 p.m. at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Tickets for the “Pooch Party” are $15 with $5 going back to Project HALO, a local no-kill animal shelter which focuses on rescuing and adopting stray and abandoned dogs.
The video at the top of this post is from last year’s Pooch Party.
On Sunday, the Checkers will be playing the San Antonio Rampage, another AHL team that holds dog-friendly games. The Rampage claims to hold the dog attendance record — 842 dogs attended their 2012 event, which also featured a “Smooch the Pooch Cam.”
At least one other AHL team, the Milwaukee Admirals has held dog friendly nights.
For the Checkers game, all participants bringing a dog to the game must fill out the Pooch Party liability and registration form. You can print the form out here, complete it and bring it to the Pooch Party entrance, located on Trade Street.
While baseball and dogs strike me as a more natural pairing, I’m all for dogs being allowed into sporting events — even when it’s only once a season, and especially when it’s for a good cause.
My only worry is that, hockey being hockey, the dogs might pick up some bad behavior from watching the humans on the ice.
If so, I would hope their owners take a more proactive role than the referees at this recent semi-pro game did.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 19th, 2014 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: ahl, american hockey league, animals, arenas, baseball, behavior, charlotte checkers, dog, dog friendly, dogs, events, hockey, human, pets, pooch party, sporting, sports, stadiums, violence
Participants, whether they are hiking the 1.5-mile walk-a-thon or checking out vendors and entertainment, will be helping to support homeless animals in the Baltimore area.
For the walk-thon, registration opens at 9 a.m. and starting line ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m.
The event also features a demonstration by Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs, pet training tips, an agility course for dogs, low-cost micro-chipping, a “flea-less” market of pet friendly vendors, musical chairs for dogs, and a pet costume contest judged by celebrity guests, food and entertainment.
Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers, including a grand prize trip to the Bahamas. Participants will receive a special “doggy bag” that includes treats, corporate giveaways and other gifts. Dog bandanas will be given to those who raise at least $30, and the 2011 March for the Animals t-shirt will be given to walkers who raise at least $40.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 15th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adoption, animals, baltimore, demonstrations, dogs, Druid Hill Park, entertainment, event, events, fundraiser, March for the Animals, maryland, mdspca, pets, rescue, shelters, spca
Here’s your chance to find true love in Savage, Maryland.
Once again, Camp Bow Wow in Columbia is holding a “Cupids & Canines” event, designed to match up adoptable dogs from various rescue groups with new, loving homes.
Similar events are being held throughout February by Camp Bow Wow’s 108 locations across the country, and you can visit their website to find one near you.
The events aim to place rescue dogs in homes, and raise awareness and funds for local animal rescue organizations and Camp Bow Wow’s Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.
The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of dogs worldwide by finding foster and lifetime homes for unwanted dogs, advancing humane education and treatment, and investing in research and treatment for dogs devastated by illness and disease.
“As we grow, it’s truly wonderful to see so many of our franchisees giving back to their communities by helping dogs and shelters in need,” said Heidi Ganahl, founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow. “The money we raise for our foundation will not only support foster care and adoption programs, but it will also help fund research for canine cancer which takes one in four of our beloved pets.”
Guests at the Savage Mill event can speak with representatives of various rescue groups and meet some of the available dogs. There will also be refreshments, door prized and raffles, as well as discounted micro-chipping. Unless your dog is getting micro-chipped, Camp Bow Wow advises you to leave him or her at home, due to the number of rescue and shelter dogs that will be there.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 7th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoptable, animals, bow wow buddies foundation, camp bow wow, camp bow wow columbia, columbia, cupids and canines, dog, dogs, events, love, maryland, pets, rescue, savage, shelter, sweetheart, valentine, valentine's
Anthropologie has partnered with animal welfare organizations across the country and will be holding pet adoption events and supply drives in many of its stores — including the one in Annapolis, on Oct. 2, from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.
All in all, 70 stores are scheduled to host pet adoptions, food drives and yappy hour parties through the month of October. (The full list is below.) The chain is calling the campaign “Sit, Stay, Love.”
Posted by John Woestendiek September 13th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adoption, animal welfare, animals, annapolis, anthropologie, dog, dogs, donation, drives, event, events, food, love, pets, rescues, shelters, sit, stay, stores
That’s how the American Visionary Art Museum is billing its annual “Pets on Parade” event at 10 a.m. this 4th of July Sunday (with registration starting at 9:30 a.m.).
Participants are invited to dress their pet and compete for trophies that will include Best Costume, Most Patriotic Pet and Most Visionary Pet. Honors will also be given for best pet tricks and owner and pet look-alikes.
Pets of all kinds (on leashes) are welcome and the event is free.
The museum promises plenty of shade and water.
With temperatures in the mid-90s predicted, lightweight costumes — such as this Elvis outfit Frankie wore a few years back – might be a good idea. And, cute as your dog might be in his get-up, removing the costume after the competition and allowing him a dip in the baby pools might also advisable.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 2nd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 4th of July, american visionary art museum, animals, art, avam, awards, baltimore, contest, costumes, dog, dogs, events, heat, july 4, museum, pets, pets on parade, trophies, visionary
The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is having their 19th annual Walk for the Animals on Sunday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.
The SPCA has been helping animals and the community since 1920. The SPCA holds the walk to raise money to care for the thousands of homeless animals brought to their shelter each year.
Walkers can collect money between now and May 2. Incentive prizes are given to all walkers who collect at least $30.00. To qualify for prizes the money must be turned in the day of the walk.
Brochures and pledge sheets are on the AACSPCA website.
Walkers have several options — with 1 mile, 2.5 mile, and 5 mile courses, all of which are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Pets are welcome but you don’t have to have an animal to walk.
Adoptable animals will be showcased on the SPCA’s Waggin’ Tails Mobile Adoption Unit, and, in addition to vendors and animal welfare and rescue groups, the Anne Arundel County Police K9 Unit will give a demonstration.
For more information, call 410-268-4388.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 21st, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: aaspca, adopt, adoption, animals, annapolis, anne arundel county, collect, demonstration, dogs, event, events, fundraiser, k9, news, ohmidog!, pets, pledge, police, prizes, quiet waters park, rescue, shelter, spca, vendors
It’s time for some good cheer, dammit.
And in that spirit, Santa invites all pets and their owners – both those who have been good and those who have been bad — to come to Riverside Park in south Baltimore this Saturday to have your pet’s photo taken with his merry old self.
If seeing Santa, and getting a lasting, suitable for framing memory of your pets’ visit with old St. Nick, isn’t enough, there will also be free treat bags, while supplies last, and Santa himself will award a FURminator to the dog who appears in most need of it.
And there’s also the fact that all proceeds go to a very good cause – the Franky Fund at BARCS, which is used to provide emergency medical care to seriously sick and injured animals so that they may be doctored up and adopted out, as opposed to that nasty alternative Santa doesn’t like to talk about.
Santa will be at Riverside Park between 10 a.m. and noon, assuming he can find a parking space for his sled.
The event is sponsored by BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter), Brazen Tails, Ride Entertainment and the South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue and Adoption Center.
Photos will be taken by Gail Burton, a freelance photographer who works for the Associated Press covering the Ravens and Orioles. The fee is $10, and the photos will be posted online for easy downloading.
How does Santa know all this? Because he’s Santa. And as for those two or three dogs who — like leaping Lola above — wanted nothing to do with Santa last year, I’m looking into ways to make myself less intimidating and more appealing, including smearing myself with bacon grease.
On another holiday related note, tune in tomorrow (Thursday) for an ohmidog! quiz, the five winners of which will receive holiday treat bags for their dogs. The quiz will be posted at 9 a.m., and the first five contestants to submit the correct answers win.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 9th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, baltimore animal rescue & care shelter, barcs, brazen tails, christmas, christmas cards, dog, dogs, events, franky fund, fundraiser, my dog, ohmidog!, parks, pet, pets, photographs, photos, riverside park, santa, santa claus, spirit, st. nick, visit, with santa, your dog
Thousands of dogs will take to the show rings this weekend in two all-breed, benched dog shows as the the Kennel Club of Philadelphia hosts the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, to be broadcast Thanksgiving on NBC.
John O’Hurley, of ”Family Feud,” “Seinfeld” and “Dancing with the Stars” fame, hosts the Saturday show, which will be televised at noon on Thanksgiving.
A second show will be held Sunday, with more than 150 breeds competing for Best in Show, vendors, demonstrations and more.
On both days, show visitors can watch more than 150 breeds compete in 11 show rings, view demonstrations and visit the dogs and owners backstage.
Unbenched, all-breed shows precede the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows at the same site on Thursday and Friday. Admission to those shows is $5 each.
You can learn more about the event on its website.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 13th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: activities, best in show, breeds, competing, dog show, dog shows, dogs, events, family feud, greater philadelphia expo center, john o'hurley, kennel club, national dog show, philadelphia, purina, seinfeld, valley forge
Fidos for Freedom, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service and hearing dogs is having its annual fund-raising walk on Saturday.
The Fall Stroll ‘n Roll starts Saturday at 9 a.m., and runs until noon, at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.
The event includes vendors, games, prizes, a bake sale, demonstrations, dog contests and the walk around the lake.
Fidos for Freedom, in addition to working with service and therapy dogs, also operates the DEAR (Dogs Educating and Assisting Readers) program.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 30th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: assistance, dogs, ellicott city, events, fall stroll 'n roll, fidos for freedom, fundraiser, hearing, lake, non-profit, organization, program, reading, service, therapy, walk
BARCStoberfest — rained out last weekend — will take place this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Baltimore’s Patterson Park, in the area around the pagoda.
The festival’s costume contest, a perennial favorite, starts at 1:30 pm. Dogs can compete in any of several categories: Best Halloween Theme, Best Hon/Best Boh, Matching Dog & Human and Most Original.
A Best in Show winner will be selected (by audience applause) from the four category winners. There’s a $15 entry fee for each category, and prizes in the contest are donated by Dogma.
Other contests at BARCStoberfest include most unique pet trick or talent, best tail wagger, best singer or howler, best kisser, fastest treat eater and smallest and largest dog. There’s a $5 entry fee for those competitions.
The 5th annual BARCStoberfest is a festival for animal lovers that helps raise funds for BARCS, which takes in 12.000 animals a year.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 23rd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, baltimore animal rescue & care shelter, barcs, barcstoberfest, events, festival, fundraiser, patterson park